Course Info: CSI-0163

CourseCSI-0163 Intro Native Amer Studies
Long TitleWe Have Never Not Been Here": Introduction to Native American Studies
Note(s) Satisfies Distribution
Textbook information
Meeting InfoR.W. Kern Center 202 on M,W from 9:00-10:20
FacultyAshley Smith
Distribution(s) Culture, Humanities, and Languages
Cumulative Skill(s)Multiple Cultural Perspectives
Additional InfoStudents are expected to spend at least six to eight hours a week of preparation and work outside of class time.

"Everything you know about Indians is wrong."- Paul Chaat Smith. This interdisciplinary course offers an introduction to important topics in the field of Native American Studies. We will examine history, literature, art, politics, and current events to explore the complex relationship between historical and contemporary issues that indigenous peoples face in North America, with a focus on the United States. We will pay particular attention to the creative ways that indigenous communities have remained vibrant in the face of ongoing colonial struggle. Topics include histories of Indian-settler relations, American Indian sovereignty, Indigenous ecological knowledge practices, American Indian philosophical and literary traditions, and American Indian activism.